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God’s Ways and Our Ways

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“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

The truth of that verse has been demonstrated time and again and Marilyn and I are experiencing it yet again.

First some background. As you know we run Christian House Sitters to help Christians enjoy a holiday without having to worry about the cost of renting accommodation or about their own home and pets while they are away. But we also run it to provide the funds to feed and look after the children at the Home of Peace children’s Home in Kenya. All income from our site goes to them. Even that is not enough! We need more money to provide what these children need. I am not talking about luxuries but essentials so we prayed about holding a fund-raising event.

Out of the blue we were approached and offered a marquee and the grounds at Oakwood Village Hall free of charge on the 14th of August as the local horticultural society are hiring it for the previous day. On their committee there is only one person that we know of who is a Christian.  They have been amazing in their compassion for Home of Peace. They have given us the use of loads of trestle tables and all the chairs that they’ll be using for the stalls and the marquee or free of charge.

So we have decided to go ahead.

Now I started by saying God’s ways are not our ways.

This is a Sunday evening. We would never have chosen a Sunday as lots of our supporters will be at church
This is in August. We would not have chosen August as it is the main holiday month when people are away.
It is soon. We would not have done it so soon as Marilyn is really not at all well. She is seeing the consultant at the Guildford Hospital again next Tuesday and may need major surgery.

But God gave it to us so we are going ahead believing that, as Isiah reminds us, “His  ways are far beyond anything we could imagine”

Please pray for this event. You can read about it at

www.christian-housesitters.com/kenyabanquet.htm

God bless you,
Ray

www.Christian-housesitters.com

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About housesitters

ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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